Funzo Kenya supports the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make changes to its health worker education and training systems. The program works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, increase the number of health workers graduating from Kenya’s medical training institutions, improve access to training for existing health workers, and link professional licensing to ongoing professional development. The activity also initiates public-private partnerships to increase available funding for training and development.
A program under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Funzo Kenya has conducted in-service training of 5,734 health workers across the country, supported 335 medical students with training scholarships and 2,199 to access medical training loans. The program has also supported the Ministry of Health to conduct an e-induction of 1,301 health workers from eight counties and established a system to capture health workers training data for better management.
Jane Mwangi is a nurse at Gatimo Health Center in Nyandarua County. She has received specialized training through USAID’s Funzo Kenya program. “Mothers now let me know about their children’s feeding habits, they now confidently talk to me and we discuss what additional supplements they can give their children,” said Jane. Jane shares her knowledge with her co-workers and has regular visits with mothers around the community on child nutrition.